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on and on February 14, 2007

Posted by Nii Ayikwei Parkes in Poems, Random.
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I’m very pleased with myself because I’m managing to pick up some poems by now-obscure Ghanaian writers to share. I love ‘The Serving Girl’ by Acquah Laluah, which is in An African Treasury (selected by Langston Hughes), which I managed to buy on eBay after looking for a copy for years. Looking good. I don’t know what target to set for myself in terms of number of poems to collect, but I guess if I remain on the internet I can make it a lifelong project. I will soon put up my favouFACT logorite poem by my Uncle Frank (Francis Ernest Kobina Parkes), ‘African Heaven’, which also appears in the Treasury. This is, after all, Ghana’s 50th anniversary year so I might as well get busy with it. My other blog is marching on according to my moods and I’ve just started a Litcast called FACT (image to the left), which is good fun too. The whole podcast experiment thing has been good for me – although I seem to have take the longest break in the world after my 14th episode. I promise to make it up by recording a ‘Chronic’ one soon. See you out there somewhere…

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Podcast Experimentation October 4, 2006

Posted by Nii Ayikwei Parkes in Poems, Random.
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I’ve decided to start a podcast to experiment with the technology, and also to do one of the things I love doing – reading my poetry out. I’m sure it will be odd without a visible audience, but I’ll get used to it. One thing’s for sure – the first one will be terrible; I have a stone age microphone, bad acoustics in my flat and, of course, there’s the invisible audience thing… Anyway, I’ll be reading from my chapbooks eyes of a boy, lips of a man, M is for Madrigal and shorter (the one I put together to raise money for the writers’ fund for Ghana. Enjoy the podcast!

Schedule: Once per week
Title: Nii Ayikwei Parkes POETIC
Format: mp3 – each book will be a volume: eyes of a boy… = vol 1 and each poem will be a part, therefore the first poem from eyes of a boy…, will be vol 1, part 1. All the poems will have a bit of preamble where I talk about my day and perhaps give some context for the poem.

Future plans: If this works out and I learn the art of podcasting properly, I’ll start to podcast the African Writers’ Evening series that I run at the Poetry Cafe every other month.